- They make free resources available online.
- The tests are very well-written and focus on what is important (not minutia).
- You read lesson from the very first sentence in the very first chapter!
- They slowly introduce you to tedious parts of grammar (declensions, cases, conjugation) and phasing it in so gradually that it feels almost effortless.
- Every book focuses on a period of history and geographic area(s) in the Roman Empire. The books include articles about the culture and history.
- The first book grips your attention with its stories about a Pompeian family whose house was preserved by the fallout of the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD.
- Some of the stories are funny and make us laugh. David calls the son, Quintus, a bum because he wrote graffiti and broke the nose of a statue when his discus slammed into it.
One reason this period in history fascinates me is that Jesus and the early church was born then. Understanding the Gentile culture helps me better understand the struggles of the Jews struggling to accept the Messiah, the Jews who became believers, and the Gentiles who joined in that belief. For the past few months, the books I read for "mother culture" are mainly historical fiction from that era with a Christian perspective:
I hope by the end of Unit 4 of the Latin curriculum to read this: